Saturday, September 14, 2013

Game Wrap 9/13/2013: Giants 4 Dodgers 2

It wasn't quite the CG 1-0 win I have dreamed about for Madison Bumgarner vs Clayton Kershaw, but close enough.  Bummy and Kershaw locked up in a scoreless duel until LA broke through with 2 in the bottom of the 6'th, but the Giants answered back with 3 in the top of the 7'th, added on an insurance run in the 8'th and hung on for the win.  Key Lines:

Hunter Pence- 2 for 4, HR(22).  BA= .290.  The Rev's salary drive continues to roll along.  Pence started the rally in the 8'th with a single and homered for the insurance run with 2 outs in the 8'th.

Pablo Sandoval- 2 for 4.  BA= .278.  Pablo hit .333 in April and is hitting .362 in September.  The 4 months in between?  Not so good!

Joaquin Arias- 2 for 4.  BA= .279.  Arias is hitting .303 over his last 10 games, but his overall OPS is just .646 with a .293 OBP and .353 SLG%.  He's a nice piece off the bench who has played several defensive positions and played them well.  Overall, his UZR is positive and he has 0.7 fWAR in 226 PA's.  In particular, his 3B UZR is a whopping +21.7.  Bochy routinely uses him as a late inning defensive replacement at 3B.  Don't tell me the Giants don't use advanced defensive metrics!

Brett Pill- 1 for 4.  BA= .221.  Pill came through with the big hit with RISP to put the Giants ahead in the 7'th.

Madison Bumgarner- 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 2.83.  Bummy gets a Win it looked like had slipped away.

Sergio Romo- 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(34).  ERA= 2.50.  Vin Scully told and interesting story about how Romo left tickets for his friends the first time he played in Dodger Stadium.  They all came wearing Dodger gear.  Seems Bruce Bochy and Brian Sabean walked by and saw them and were not amused.  Romo was called on the carpet and told that if that ever happened again it would be the last time he ever got tickets from the Giants!  Don't know what I think of that from an interpersonal standpoint, but you gotta love the passion!

Tim Lincecum takes on Ricky Nolasco in Game 3 tonight.

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